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Actor Danny Wells dies at 72

December 5th, 2013 3:20am EST
The Jeffersons
Actor Danny Wells has passed away at the age of 72.

The Canadian actor, whose real name was Jack Westelman, passed away on 28 November (13) in Toronto, Canada.

No more details about his death were known as WENN went to press.

Wells starred in a plethora of TV series throughout his five decade career in the business, playing Charlie the bartender in The Jeffersons and Luigi in the TV adaptation of popular Nintendo video game franchise Super Mario Brothers, alongside wrestler-turned-actor Lou Albano.

Wells also appeared in TV shows such as Columbo, The A-Team and Kojak, and films includin...
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'The Expendables' And The Top 10 Ensemble Casts

August 17th, 2012 3:07pm EDT
The Expendables
The Expendables 2 comes out this weekend, featuring an ensemble cast of action stars from the past 30 years. It got us thinking: What were the best ensemble casts in recent films? Here's our list:

The Magnificent Seven: Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, Charles Bronson, Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn, James Coburn, Brad Dexter, Horst Buchholtz. This western remake of Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai" featured some of the greatest action stars of their generation - certainly an Expendables of the time. It's the second most shown film on television, next to "The Wizard of Oz."
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'Valentine's Day' & Other Movies With Star-Studded Casts

February 12th, 2010 2:50pm EST
He
Ah, Valentine's Day weekend, the perfect time for Hollywood to embrace the mainstream audience by giving them cheesy and wonderful romantic comedies to prepare for the big day of love. This year the aptly named "Valentine's Day" is perfectly timed to get big notice, but one of the first things that impresses viewers is seeing the celebrity cast involved. It seems like almost every major actor is involved with this project, including Julia Roberts, Jamie Foxx, Ashton Kutcher, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Alba, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Garner, Patrick Dempsey, and on and on with at least ten other ...
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Play Starpulse's 'Celebrity Madness 2009 - The Men' (Round 1, Group 3)

March 19th, 2009 2:00pm EDT
Number One Seed Matthew McConaughey
Cast your votes for your favorite male & female celebrities in Starpulse.com's First Annual "Celebrity March Madness" showdown! In the spirit of the NCAA Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments, we bring you two celebrity tournaments throughout the month of March that will determine the number one male and female celebrity - chosen by YOU!

All you have to do is cast your vote in the poll under the picture for one of the two celebs in each matchup! At the end of the round, we'll tally the votes and get the next round underway. There's even a bracket (updated after each round) with all ...
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Tom Cruise: How He Should Salvage His Image

January 9th, 2009 10:30am EST
Tom Cruise
He has been one of the most well known actors in Hollywood for almost three decades now, and there are few people who can deny the star power of that shiny giant grin. Thomas Cruise Mapother IV, known to the world as Tom Cruise, is a figure of gossip, lust, admiration, disgust, celebrity, confusion, and in the past few years his reputation has gotten steadily tarnished. Perhaps it was the Oprah Winfrey Show and his newfound love with Katie Holmes, who once had pictures him plastered on her walls, or his war with Brooke Shields over post partum, or how he sometimes laughs for several minutes...
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Review: Synecdoche New York

October 27th, 2008 9:52am EDT
Synecdoche New York
I'm inclined to think that "Synecdoche, New York" is one of the most fantastically depressing films made in the past several years. By that, I don't mean that it's a tear-jerker (it's not, quite), but it has a whimsical way of pulling out emotional strings, much in the way that Paul Thomas Anderson's "Punch Drunk Love" did. Make no mistake, Charlie Kaufman (the writer of "Adaptation" and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind") has a shtick, a sort of Gabriel Marquez way of turning out extraordinary details from otherwise ordinary lives. If you become famous and want an Oscar-worthy biopic ...
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Aimee Mann Teams With Acclaimed Visual Artist For Artwork On New CD

May 25th, 2008 9:30am EDT
Aimee Mann
Aimee Mann has collaborated with critically acclaimed visual artist Gary Taxali on her 7th solo release @#%&! Smilers, to be released on June 3, 2008 on her own SuperEgo Records. Taxali has contributed 17 original illustrations for the packaging of the CD, art directed by Aimee Mann and Gail Marowitz, and designed by Marowitz and Ed Sherman. Los Angeles art gallery La Luz De Jesus will host a showing of the 17 new artworks which will kick off with a combined art show and CD release party on May 31st at 8 pm. Both Taxali and Mann will be present to sign copies of the new CD.

Gary Taxali...
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The 'That Guy' Encyclopedia, Letters A Through K

May 7th, 2008 8:30am EDT
Chris Cooper
Hey, isn’t that...? You know, that guy. The guy that always plays someone in the military. He was in, uh, Syriana, The Kingdom... Oh yeah! He was the father of the emo kid in American Beauty!

Throughout cinematic history, there has been a plethora of actors that, for some reason or another, never become a household name. So here is a cheat sheet of sorts, a brief encyclopedia on "That Guy."

After reading this you can impress your friends! Win the movie game (the one where you name an actor, someone names a film he or she was in, next player names another actor in that film, etc....
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Movies With Heart: The 100 Best 'Romdramedies' Of The Past 20 Years

April 17th, 2008 8:00am EDT
Clueless
There's the quintessential romantic comedy, and then there's the romdramedy. Similar to a dramedy (in which there is an equal balance of humor and serious content), a romdramedy combines comedy and drama with that mushy thing we call romance.

This is not a list of the best films over the past 20 years. Rather it is a list that gives preferences to those films that best combine all three elements - romance, comedy and drama.

Films like Magnolia and The Matrix were barred from competition, while films like Down with Love were considered (however, that one didn't make the cut)....
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'There Will Be Blood' Dedicated To Robert Altman

December 18th, 2007 8:15pm EST
Robert Altman
Movie maker Paul Thomas Anderson has dedicated his new movie There Will Be Blood to Robert Altman, because the late director didn't live to see the film he helped inspire.

The Magnolia director honed his craft on the set of Altman's A Prairie Home Companion, for which he was drafted in as ailing Robert Altman's assistant as an insurance measure.

Anderson recalls, "I got the job of sitting next to him... just in case anything happened with him. Obviously it was a privilege and an honor and all that, and I just had such an amazing good time for 30 days. Bob was very good at relaxin...
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Celebrity Birthdays, July 26

July 26th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Kate Beckinsale
Happy Birthday to Sum 41 guitarist Dave Baksh (1980), Christian pop singer Rebecca St. James (1977), "Click" star Kate Beckinsale (1973), "Entourage" star Jeremy Piven (1965), "The Lake House" star Sandra Bullock (1964), Japanese composer Keiko Matsui (1961), "Superman Returns" bad guy Kevin Spacey (1959), "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" actress Nana Visitor (1957), Queen drummer Roger Taylor (1949), English actress Helen Mirren (1945), Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger (1943), prolific film director Stanley Kubrick (1928; d. 1999), actor James Best (1926), baseball legend Hoyt Wilhelm (1923...
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William H. Macy Thanks Midlife Crisis For Career

April 10th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
William H. Macy
Hollywood actor William H. Macy has taken control of his own movie career, after suffering a 'midlife crisis' when he turned 50.

The actor, who only found fame in his forties with roles in Boogie Nights, Fargo and Magnolia, says reaching 50 made him review his life and address what he was lacking.

When he hit the milestone, Macy, 57, start writing again and began to take control of his own projects, and as a result now has two films coming out: Keep Coming Back, a romantic drama starring Salma Hayek; and The Deal, a comedy about the movie business.

Macy says, "Just after 50 I...
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Celebrity Birthdays, July 26

July 26th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Kate Beckinsale
Happy Birthday to Sum 41 guitarist Dave Baksh (1980), Christian pop singer Rebecca St. James (1977), "Click" star Kate Beckinsale (1973), "Entourage" star Jeremy Piven (1965), "The Lake House" star Sandra Bullock (1964), Japanese composer Keiko Matsui (1961), "Superman Returns" bad guy Kevin Spacey (1959), "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" actress Nana Visitor (1957), Queen drummer Roger Taylor (1949), English actress Helen Mirren (1945), Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger (1943), prolific film director Stanley Kubrick (1928; d. 1999), actor James Best (1926), baseball legend Hoyt Wilhelm (1923...
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